George Zimmerman Trial Defense Closing Argument — Not Guilty of All Charges Including Murder and Manslaughter — Police Chief Was Right No Probable Cause To Arrest George Zimmerman For Anything — Malicious Political Prosecution and Media Political Show Trial and Electronic Lynching Fails Big Time — Killing Justified Self-defense! –Videos
Raw video: George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict read in court
A six-woman jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday, July 13, 2013. He is now a free man.
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A Vile Show Trial Ends
By George Neumayr
The prosecutors in the Zimmerman trial raged on and on about the defendant’s “false assumptions” while never questioning their own. What did they actually know about that night? Almost nothing, save a few pieces of testimony largely beneficial to Zimmerman. Yet they had no problem profiling him as a homicidal racist and concocting a paranoid hate-crime theory of the case. Their defeat deserves a special place in the annals of malicious prosecution.
The trial involved a striking reversal of customary roles: the defense attorneys behaved like hardheaded prosecutors while the prosecutors behaved like unscrupulous defense attorneys. Their closing was nothing more than a fact-free appeal for mob justice.
The victory for the defense appears even more impressive given the handicaps under which it labored. Zimmerman’s attorneys weren’t free to introduce any substantial evidence about Trayvon Martin’s past. So jurors didn’t know that he had drugs in his system, that he had been suspended from school after police found a burglary tool and stolen goods in his backpack, that he had sent text messages revealing a potential gun purchase, that he had a history of violence. “U got heat?” he wrote to a friend in one of the text messages the judge barred from the case. In another, a friend responds to his thuggish bragging, “So you just turning into a lil hoodlum.”
It turns out that all of Zimmerman’s “false assumptions” were perfectly accurate. They weren’t false assumptions but rational observations. If that is “profiling,” society needs more of it. There is nothing evil about behavior-based profiling. It was the prosecution that couldn’t profile intelligently, casting a Hispanic as a homicidal racist on the basis of a fragmentary, non-racist remark.
Their idea of proving this theory of the case was to yell portions of the 911 call at ever-higher pitches and muse darkly about what “was in George Zimmerman’s heart.” One wonders what resides in the hearts of prosecutors who try and goad juries into throwing people into prison for life on unproven hunches.
With egg on her face, Florida state attorney Angela Corey appeared before reporters on Saturday night to say that “common sense” drove her decision to prosecute. She still can’t understand how people, even “some with law degrees,” could have questioned her decision. After all, what could be more commonsensical than thinking a neighborhood watch volunteer called 911 before committing second-degree murder, somehow managed to manipulate conditions so that he sustained self-defense wounds, and then craftily complied with all police questioning without benefit of a lawyer afterwards?
Prosecutors capable of uncorking such theories deserve to be disbarred. The dominant media was equally complicit in the railroading of Zimmerman. But journalists treated defeat like an orphan on Saturday night. Caught a bit flatfooted by the late verdict, they stumbled into their sets to blather on about how the prosecutors had “overcharged.”
The “civil rights story of our time” had ended with a whimper and they didn’t quite know how to process it. In all their desperate attempts to squeeze grand meaning out of the fiasco, they weren’t honest enough to ask: How did we contribute to it? Why did we falsely portray Zimmerman as a “white” racist? Why did we doctor tapes and put racist words in his mouth? Why didn’t we take seriously the sacking of a police chief who had told prosecutors no evidence existed to convict?
It fell to Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara to give journalists a well-deserved smack after the verdict:
You guys, the media. He was like a patient on an operating table where a mad scientist was committing experiments on him and he had no anesthesia. He didn’t know why he was turned into this monster but quite honestly you guys had a lot to do with it. You took a story that was fed to you and you ran with it and you ran right over him.
If elite journalists had learned any lessons from the trial, they didn’t display any on Sunday morning. The sinister demagogues behind it turned up on the usual shows for more fawning questions. The wizened fraud Al Sharpton even got to stick around on Meet the Press to weigh in on new matters.
Amidst all the sham sanctimony and the blah, blah, blah about a “national conversation on race” (which just means the promotion of reverse racism), very little was said about abusive prosecutors. The suggestion was even raised that Zimmerman’s torments could continue with a federal hate-crimes case. Why not treat him like the cops from the Rodney King trial? That’s now the hope of Harry Reid and other hucksters.
So the sick show trial may continue in new venues. But at least one jury had the integrity to resist this vile tempting of America.
How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin’s Death
Posted by Robert Stacy McCain
The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martion might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012. Instead, the teenager was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.
Trayvon Martin was not from Sanford, the town north of Orlando where he was shot in 2012 and where a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder charges Saturday. Martin was from Miami Gardens, more than 200 miles away, and had come to Sanford to stay with his father’s girlfriend Brandy Green at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch. Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived.
Both of Trayvon’s suspensions during his junior year at Krop High involved crimes that could have led to his prosecution as a juvenile offender. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criiminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. Less than two weeks before Martin’s death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for “decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011.” What was actually happening was that crimes were not being reported as crimes, but instead treated as disciplinary infractions.
In October 2011, after a video surveillance camera caught Martin writing graffiti on a door, MDSPD Office Darryl Dunn searched Martin’s backpack, looking for the marker he had used. Officer Dunn found 12 pieces of women’s jewelry and a man’s watch, along with a flathead screwdriver the officer described as a “burglary tool.” The jewelry and watch, which Martin claimed he had gotten from a friend he refused to name, matched a description of items stolen during the October 2011 burglary of a house on 204th Terrace, about a half-mile from the school. However, because of Chief Hurley’s policy “to lower the arrest rates,” as one MDSPD sergeant said in an internal investigation, the stolen jewerly was instead listed as “found property” and was never reported to Miami-Dade Police who were investigating the burglary. Similarly, in February 2012 when an MDSPD officer caught Martin with a small plastic bag containing marijuana residue, as well as a marijuana pipe, this was not treated as a crime, and instead Martin was suspended from school.
Either of those incidents could have put Trayvon Martin into the custody of the juvenile justice system. However, because of Chief Hurley’s attempt to reduce the school crime statistics — according to sworn testimony, officers were “basically told to lie and falsify” reports — Martin was never arrested. And if he had been arrested, he might never have been in Sanford the night of his fatal encounter with Zimmerman.
In fact, the reason Zimmerman was patrolling the townhouse community the night of the February 2012 shooting was that there had been a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood, although there was no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any of those crimes.
As for Chief Hurley’s policy, it was the controversy over Martin’s death that accidentally exposed it. In March 2012, the Miami Herald reported on Martin’s troubled history of disciplinary incidents at Krop High. Chief Hurley then launched the internal affairs investigation in an attempt to find out who had provided information to the reporter. During the course of that investigation, MDSPD officers and supervisors described Chief Hurley’s policy of not reporting crimes by students. Chief Hurley was subsequently accused of sexually harassing two female subordinates. He resigned in February, about a year after Trayvon Martin’s death.
Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin
By Frances Robles
Thousands of people gathered in Sanford to demand an arrest in the case, as more details surfaced about the teen’s suspensions in school.
As thousands of people gathered here to demand an arrest in the Trayvon Martin case, a more complicated portrait began to emerge of a teenager whose problems at school ranged from getting spotted defacing lockers to getting caught with a marijuana baggie and women’s jewelry.
The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.
In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.
Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.
Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.
Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.
“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.
Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.
A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.
“It’s completely irrelevant to what happened Feb. 26,” said attorney Benjamin Crump. “They never heard this, and don’t believe it’s true. If it were true, why wouldn’t they call the parents? Why wasn’t he arrested?”
Trayvon, who was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, had never been arrested, police and the family have said.
“We think everybody is trying to demonize him,” Crump said.
No evidence ever surfaced that the jewelry was stolen.
“Martin was suspended, warned and dismissed for the graffiti,” according to the report prepared by schools police.
That suspension was followed four months later by another one in February, in which Trayvon was caught with an empty plastic bag with traces of marijuana in it. A schools police report obtained by The Miami Herald specifies two items: a bag with marijuana residue and a “marijuana pipe.”
The punishment was the third for the teen. On Monday, the family also said Trayvon had earlier been suspended for tardiness and truancy.
Trayvon was shot to death Feb. 26 while serving out his suspension in Sanford, where his father’s girlfriend lives. A neighborhood watch volunteer called the police to say he saw someone in a hoodie who looked high on drugs, and was suspicious because he walked too slowly in the rain. The unarmed teenager carried Skittles and iced tea, and was talking to his girlfriend on the phone, records show.
Zimmerman told police Trayvon jumped him, punched him in the face and slammed his head on the ground, according to information published by the Orlando Sentinel. The news account came a day after a friend of Zimmerman’s took to television network programs to say the watchman was the victim in the case.
“That sounded like someone in dire need of help,” said friend Joe Oliver, referring to cries heard on 911 tapes. “That sounded like George.”
Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sonner, did not return repeated requests for an interview.
Trayvon’s parents viewed the new reports as an orchestrated campaign to demonize their son as a “junkie and thief,” a routine occurrence in such cases, the Rev. Al Sharpton said at an afternoon press conference. Zimmerman, Sharpton said, had no way of knowing about Trayvon’s school record — “because he didn’t interview him before he shot him.”
“The only thing that’s relevant is what Zimmerman knew,” Sharpton said. “Let’s not play this double standard of trying to damage who is dead and sanitize who is the cause of the death.”
Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said her son never had any problems with gangs or the police. In fact, she said, when she transferred him out of Carol City High School to be closer to home, the school wanted him to stay at Carol City because they liked him and he was a good student.
“They killed my son, and now they are trying to kill his reputation,” Fulton said.
Another lawyer for the family said she didn’t put much credence in the report about the jewelry and the screwdriver.
“This is someone in a school writing a report, rumor as far as I’m concerned,” said attorney Natalie Jackson.
The boy’s checkered school record was of little importance to the thousands of people who descended on the city’s civic center for a special city council meeting. Speaker after speaker blasted the investigation and demanded the police file charges in the case.
“We want to reaffirm that we too are in pursuit of truth and justice,” Mayor Jeff Triplett said.
Participants included bus and carloads of people from Miami, including some from Trayvon’s church. Wearing a T-shirt declaring “I am a man,” Miami Homicide Sgt. Ervens Ford was among them.
“This is personal,” Ford said. “I have a son that age. I am getting ready to release him to the world. I have to expose him to things like this. I also have a 12-year-old. I have to be realistic about it: It very very well could have been either one of them.”
Like so many black fathers in America, Ford finds himself schooling his sons on what clothes to wear, what to say to a cop. He calls it “conflict resolution.”
“That man was following him around the way he was, placing Trayvon in fear. Had Travyon shot him and claimed ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Trayvon would have been arrested,” he said. “I’m saying this having been law enforcement for 25 years. I am saying this, and it is my conviction.”
Liberty City activist Renita Holmes attended with about a dozen fellow protesters.
“This case broke me,” she said. “If we continue to do it, it will make a difference. The way we handle this should be a precedent on how we handle every case.”
By Daniel J. Flynn on 7.5.13
Who in his right mind would ever hire George Zimmerman’s prosecutors?
It started by dropping an F-bomb. The prosecution’s case went downhill from there.
The state’s ineptness permeates the entire trial of George Zimmerman, from the over-the-top second-degree-murder charge to the lack of a single African American on the jury.
The prosecution playing video of Zimmerman providing his version of events without having to endure cross-examination demonstrates the level of incompetence. Instead of the cold, emotionless, blank stares of a killer, the jurors saw a likeable, unthreatening, mild-mannered, pudgy man. After demonizing Zimmerman outside of the courtroom, the prosecution strangely humanized him inside of it.
The mumbling and semi-literate Rachel Jeantel proved a stenographer’s worst nightmare. The prosecutors probably now regard her as their nightmare, too.
By testifying that Trayvon Martin referred to Zimmerman as a “nigga” and a “creepy-ass cracker,” Jeantel flipped the script on the racial motivations surrounding the tragedy. She appeared more of a partisan than a witness when she repeatedly told her pausing interrogator, “You can go.” When she admitted that by rushing through a deposition she had compromised its accuracy, Jeantel eroded whatever credibility her behavior hadn’t already destroyed. Like the deposition, and Martin’s wake and funeral that she skipped, Jeantel clearly found testifying a terrible bother. She tapped her fingernails, rolled her eyes, sighed, and when faced with the prospect of appearing on the stand for a second day, declared, “I’m leaving today.” The prosecution should have retroactively granted her wish.
Jeantel came to court to establish that George Zimmerman attacked Trayvon Martin. She instead testified as to the type of person with whom Trayvon Martin associated.
Other state witnesses similarly puzzled. Two cops helped the defense more than the prosecution by testifying that Zimmerman showed no malice toward Martin and that his story remained consistent in important details. The prosecution bizarrely placed the defendant’s best friend on the stand. “He didn’t have [the gun] to go out and commit a crime of hunting someone down and harming them,” Mark Osterman told the court. “It was for self-protection. And I’m glad that firearm was used to protect George.”
When a prosecution witness testifies that he’s happy that the defendant acted the way he did, that’s evidence that the trial isn’t going the state’s way.
What happened to Trayvon Martin in Sanford may not have been criminal. What’s happening to him in court in Sanford might be. No matter which side ones takes a rooting interest in — and this case appears more as a racial sporting event than a trial — it’s difficult not to see the prosecutors as a bunch of Mike Nifong wannabes, sacrificing the interests of justice or even of a conviction in favor of satiating a loud mob.
The client list of Don West and Mark O’Mara dries up if they perform the way their courtroom adversaries do. The prosecutors won’t be out of a job because of this fiasco. Because consequences rarely attach to actions in government, the state incentivizes recklessness.
If your life hung in the balance, would you rather have the state’s attorneys or Zimmerman’s lawyers drawn from private practice? Like the stall in the train station versus the bathroom in your house, a phone booth versus your iPhone, or a ride on a cramped and smelly bus versus one in your Lexus, private beats public nine times out of ten despite the state’s almost unlimited resources. That Rachel Jeantel can’t tell you about the quality of her public school education in cursive tells you all you need to know about the quality of her public school education.
The state’s weak case against George Zimmerman makes a strong case against the state.
NBC’s Sharpton Plans Protests In 100 Cities
During MSNBC’s 11 am hour, above a chyron that read, “More Marches, Protests Planned in Coming Days, Weeks,” MSNBC anchor Al Sharpton said that he and his National Action Network are “mobilizing” protests in 100 cities. Sharpton made clear that the protests were meant to pressure the Justice Department into taking legal action against George Zimmerman:
Well, I certainly think it is going to be on those that now feel that this verdict makes a lot of people vulnerable. The reason that people in the civil rights community, including [Sharpton's] National Action Network, is talking about these hundred cities that we’re mobilizing this weekend, is not just questioning a verdict but, saying a precedent is now set where the Justice Department must come in[.]
NBC’s Sharpton was one of the first people to turn the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin into a national news story back in March of last year. In the run up to the trial this year, Sharpton has used his primetime MSNBC program, “Politics Nation,” to demand Zimmerman be convicted.
Sharpton achieved national fame in 1987 as the face of the fraudulent Tawana Brawley case and during the Crown Heights Riots, where his role as an agitator is believed by many to have resulted in the mob violence behind the stabbing death of a Jewish scholar visiting from Australia.